Lehman Brothers layoffs employees comfort hugIt's not an easy time.Kate Gillon/Getty Images
In the moments after a layoff, you may feel like you're in a haze.
Often, we're oblivious to the signs that layoffs are coming, or we think, "It probably won't happen to me."
"The news of being laid off is a major jolt to anyone's self-esteem," Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," tells Business Insider.
After the initial shock wears off, she says, it's natural for a range of emotions to set in, like panic, depression, or anger.
"In the aftermath of the layoff, you need to focus on getting back up, brushing yourself off, and just understanding where you are in relation to your arena," says Tyler Parris, author of "Chief of Staff: The Strategic Partner Who Will Revolutionize Your Organization." "Then you can jump back in and do what you do best."
If you get hit with the disappointing news, here are a few things you can do in those following moments to help shake it off and prepare yourself to re-enter the world of job hunting: